MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove has entered a treatment facility for substance abuse, Action News 5 has learned.
Fullilove's husband informed council members Tuesday morning she would be unavailable for approximately the next month.
The announcement came just days days after Fullilove's arrest in Tunica, Mississippi, for careless driving and refusing to take a D.U.I. test.
Fullilove was stopped Friday night in Tunica County on U.S. 61 near the DeSoto County line. After failing a field sobriety test, she was arrested on charges of DUI test refusal and careless driving. She was released on $1,500 bond Saturday morning.
Earlier this year, she was charged with suspicion of D.U.I. She is now in a treatment facility and is expected to be there 30 days.
City council leaders proposed a resolution Tuesday showing support and concern for fellow council woman Janis Fullilove.
The resolution expressed concern Janis Fullilove and her actions that endangered her life and other lives. It also said they are encouraged by her checking into a treatment facility and support her decision to seek professional help.
"She realizes the seriousness of the nature of the cases she's been involved in and she is determined to make a full and speedy recovery," council member Myron Lowery said.
Lowery informed the rest of the council about his conversation with Fullilove's husband.
"I think it's just irresponsible for us to sit by and let a friend continue to have these problems without some kind of offer of help," council member Bill Boyd said.
The resolution also touched on Fullilove's previous problems behind the wheel, and said council members hold her responsible for her actions. It made no mention of a censure.
The council did not vote on the resolution.